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Highlights: FM to reply to Budget discussion in Lok Sabha at 10am on Feb 13

Budget session highlights: Today is also the last sitting of the Rajya Sabha for the first phase of the session.
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:29 AM IST

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will on Friday reply in the Rajya Sabha to the discussion on Union Budget 2021, which she presented on February 1. Friday also marks the 11th day of the ongoing Budget session of Parliament and additionally, is the last day of the first phase of the session in the Upper House. The first phase of the Budget session was initially scheduled to end on February 15 but was later scheduled to end on February 13. The session began with President Ram Nath Kovind's address on January 29; the second and final phase will take place from March 8-April 8.

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On Thursday, defence minister Rajnath Singh spoke in both Houses of Parliament, and informed members about the current situation in eastern Ladakh, where India and China have been engaged in a stand-off since May last year. The day also featured an address in the Lok Sabha by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on the three contentious farm laws and the ongoing farmers' protests against them.

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  • FEB 12, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    FM to reply to Budget discussion in Lok Sabha at 10 am on Feb 13

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reply to the Budget discussion in Lok Sabha on February 13 at 10 am.

  • FEB 12, 2021 08:14 PM IST

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    The Lok Sabha passed the Arbitration & Concilliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

  • FEB 12, 2021 06:31 PM IST

    BJP urges MPs to be present from 10am for Feb 13 Lok Sabha session

    The BJP has urged its MPs to be present at the Lok Sabha session on February 13 from 10am and support the government's stand. The three-line whip issued by the party to its MPs state that some very important legislative business will be taken up for discussion and passing in Lok Sabha.

  • FEB 12, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Dinesh Trivedi hands in resignation to VP

    Dinesh Trivedi handed over his resignation as TMC MP in Rajya Sabha to the Vice President and Chairman of the house, M Venkaiah Naidu.

  • FEB 12, 2021 05:24 PM IST

    Lok Sabha proceedings at 10am on February 13

    Lok Sabha proceedings to be held at 10am on February 13. The House used to meet at 4pm for earlier proceedings.

  • FEB 12, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    BJP MP moves Privilege Motion Notice against Rahul Gandhi

    BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal moved a Privilege Motion Notice against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for 'serious breach of privilege and contempt of the House on 11th February 2021'.

  • FEB 12, 2021 03:21 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till March 8

    The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till March 8.

  • FEB 12, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    FM says Modi govt effectively utilised MNREGA funds

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Narendra Modi government effectively utilised the MNREGA funds that were allocated including the highest ever utilisation of 90,469 crore under MNREGA rural employment scheme.

  • FEB 12, 2021 02:51 PM IST

    Want less emotional, more factual debate on MNREGA, says FM in Rajya Sabha

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Rajya Sabha that debates on MNREGA must be more factual and not guided by emotion.

  • FEB 12, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    FM slams Opposition for spreading false narratives

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Opposition of making it a habit to constantly allege despite the steps that were taken by the Centre to help the needy of the country. She also said that a false narrative was being created only to accuse the government of working only for cronies.

  • FEB 12, 2021 02:29 PM IST

    800 million people given free foodgrains, says Sitharaman

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Rajya Sabha that 800 million people were given free foodgrains, 80 million received free gas and 400 million people including farmers, women, divyang and also the poor and needy were directly given cash.

  • FEB 12, 2021 02:23 PM IST

    Budget draws on experience of PM, says Sitharaman

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during the Rajya Sabha session that the Budget drew on PM Narendra Modi's experience, administrative capabilities and exposure as the PM and a former CM for his commitment towards development, growth and reforms.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:50 PM IST

    Feeling 'suffocated' can't do anything about violence: Dinesh Trivedi

    I'm feeling suffocated that we're not able to do anything over violence in the state. My soul tells me that if you can't do anything sitting here, then you must resign. I will continue to work for people of West Bengal: Dinesh Trivedi

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:49 PM IST

    TMC says 'resigning' from Rajya Sabha, cites 'violence' in home state

    I am resigning from Rajya Sabha today. There is violence happening in my state. We cannot speak anything here. Grateful to my party they sent me here: Dinesh Trivedi, TMC MP

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:13 PM IST

    Cong LS leader seeks discussion over Ladakh

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on Indian, Chinese troops disengagement in Ladakh.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:06 PM IST

    Congress gives notice in Lok Sabha over rising fuel prices

    Congress MPs K Suresh and TN Prathapan have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on 'hike in fuel prices.'

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    PM Modi spoke in Rajya Sabha on Monday, Lok Sabha on Wednesday

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President Kovind's address in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, on Monday and Wednesday respectively. In both his speeches, he strongly defended the farm laws.

  • FEB 12, 2021 12:51 PM IST

    First phase of Budget session dominated by farm laws

    The focal point during the first phase of the Budget session were the farm laws and the ongoing protests against them. While the Rajya Sabha debated the issue for 15 hours last week, there was barely any discussion in the Lok Sabha due to Opposition protests.

  • FEB 12, 2021 12:01 PM IST

    Cong sends letter to VP's secretariat over new LoP in Rajya Sabha

    Congress sends letter to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's secretariat naming the new Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Secretariat, however, yet to receive letter.

  • FEB 12, 2021 10:51 AM IST

    Challenge Oppn to show where it is written that MSP will end: Anurag Thakur

    "I challenge Congress and Opposition leaders to show where is it written that Mandi and Minimum Support Price system will end. We are committed to taking India forward," says Anurag Thakur.

  • FEB 12, 2021 10:43 AM IST

    Budget shows hope to build new India: MoS (finance) Anurag Thakur

    This Budget shows a hope to build new India, a stronger India and to build a self-reliant India. It will set us on the path of becoming an economic and manufacturing powerhouse: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur in Rajya Sabha

  • FEB 12, 2021 10:19 AM IST

    No passenger death due to train accidents since March 2019: Piyush Goyal

    The last passenger death due to a railway accident happened on 22nd March 2019. For the nearly 22 months, we've not had a single passenger death due to train accidents: Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha

  • FEB 12, 2021 09:53 AM IST

    Mallikarjun Kharge likely to succeed Ghulam Nabi Azad as leader of Oppostition in Rajya Sabha

    Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to succeed party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad as the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Azad's term in the Upper House is ending on February 15.

  • FEB 12, 2021 09:11 AM IST

    Rajya Sabha proceedings commence for the day

    Rajya Sabha proceedings begin for the day, finance minister Sitharaman scheduled to speak in the House later in the day.

  • FEB 12, 2021 08:45 AM IST

    RJD's Manoj Jha alleges 'fudging of Covid-19 testing data' in Bihar

    RJD MP Manoj Jha gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'alleged fudging and manipulation of Covid-19 testing data in Bihar.'

  • FEB 12, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    TMC MP gives notice over 'sale of public sector undertakings'

    TMC MP Abir Ranjan Biswas has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the 'sale of public sector undertakings.'

  • FEB 12, 2021 08:16 AM IST

    FM Sitharaman to reply to discussion on Budget 2021 today

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will on Friday reply in the Rajya Sabha to the discussion on Union Budget 2021, which she presented on February 1.

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A view of Parliament House.
A view of Parliament House.

Highlights: FM to reply to Budget discussion in Lok Sabha at 10am on Feb 13

UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:29 AM IST
Budget session highlights: Today is also the last sitting of the Rajya Sabha for the first phase of the session.
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